Data privacy

The protection of your personal data is a major concern of openPetition. Therefore we only ask for such information as is needed in a specific situation, e.g. when signing or starting a petition. We are providing a way to subscribe petitions without making your name public, if you wish to.

Data minimisation

We have designed our petition platform with highest privacy standards. We only ask for the specific data that is needed for a step in the petition process, i.e. when you sign or create a petition. As soon as this data is not needed any more it is deleted automatically. We keep, for example the info, which petition you have signed to be able to inform you about reactions of decision makers and the outcome of the petition. However, al the latest one year after the petition is closed, this data is deleted automatically.

Your personal data

Ihre bei uns gespeicherten Daten nutzen wir ausschließlich für gemeinnützige, geschäftsinterne Zwecke von openPetition. Die von Ihnen mit Ihrer Kenntnis zur Verfügung gestellten personenbezogenen Daten verwenden wir nur im Kontext der jeweiligen erstellten oder unterschriebenen Petition. Bei öffentlicher Unterzeichung wird Ihr Name und Ort zusammen mit der Postleitzahl auf der Seite der Unterstützer/innen der jeweiligen Petition gezeigt (diese Seite wird von Suchmaschienen nicht gefunden). Auf der Unterschriftenliste für die Übergabe der Petition stehen neben Ihrem Namen, Ort und Postleitzahl die ersten vier Buchstaben der Wohnanschrift. Die komplette Adresse wird nur dann an den Petitionsempfänger weitergegeben, wenn die Legitimität der Adressen angezweifelt wird. Die Unterschriftendaten werden ein Jahr nach Ende der Petition bis auf den Name und den Ort des Unterstützers gelöscht. Personenbezogene Daten werden ausdrücklich nicht für Zwecke der Werbung/Marktforschung genutzt. Eine Weitergabe der Daten an Dritte erfolgt ohne Ihre Einwilligung nur dann, wenn wir dazu gesetzlich verpflichtet sind.

Your email address

You give your consent to updates via email for each petition you sign separately and you may unsubscibe from each petition individually. Your email address is known to openPetition only at any time. It will not be made public nor be visible for the author or the recipient of a petition. With some petitions you may consent to direct contact via email from the petition author. Email update subscription is activated through an so-called Opt-Out/Opt-In procedure: The direct contact option is checked by default; it can be unchecked (Opt-Out). When left „checked“ you get an email with a confirmation link to your email address. Only when this confirmation link was activated, will we deliver email updates for the specific petition to you. Thus we make sure that only the owner of an email address can subcribe.


We use so-called „cookies“ for some features of our platform, like displaying to you the petitions you have already signed. Cookies are text files that are saved in your internet browser, so your browser can be recognised. You can determine whether or not your browser accepts cookies. You may as well configure your browser to ask you each time when a cookie wants to be saved. We use cookies as well for improving our platform. For this purpose we only use anonymized, statistical data that cannot be attributed to a specific person.

Use analysis

When you visit our web page or download files, our web server collects statistical data like date and time, type of web browser. This is no personal data, so there is no way to associate this data with individuals. We evaluate this infomation to make our page more stable and user-friendly. We do not combine this data with other data or give it to other entities. We delete use analysis data after evaluation within one week.

Donations via FundraisingBox

We are using FundraisingBox for our online donating system. The FundraisingBox is not authorised to use information about donors or to pass it on to third parties. The information is stored on servers in German computing centres. Each transaction is encrypted by SSL.

Analytical services

Our website uses Piwik, a web analysis service. Piwik uses so called 'cookies'. These are text files that are stored on your notebook or computer and that are used by the website operator for analysing the use of the website. That's why, the usage information (incl. your shortened address) created by the cookie is sent to our server and stored for making a usage analysis. The aim ist to optimize the website on our part. For this procedure, your IP address becomes anonymized at once. You as user remain anonymous for us. The Idates - created by cookies - on how you use this website are not given to third parties. You can avoid the use of the cookies by adjusting your browser software. But you must be aware that in that case you may not fully use all functions of this website.

If you do not want your data to be stored nor analysed, you can refuse this action at any time with a single mouse click. In this case, an Opt-Out Cookie will be added to your Browser, which forbids our web analysis service Piwik to store or save any data of yours.

Attention: If you delete your Cookies, you will simultaneously delete the Opt-Out Cookie, which will have as a consequence that a Tick will appear next to your user profile.


Transparency and right to information

Sie haben das Recht, jederzeit Auskunft über die zu Ihrer Person gespeicherten Daten zu erhalten. Dies beinhaltet auch die Herkunft und die Empfänger Ihrer Daten sowie den Zweck der Datenverarbeitung. Ihre Anfrage richten Sie bitte schriftlich an die im Impressum genannte Adresse.


This data pricacy policy extends to all content on our servers. It does not extend to web pages linked from our page. For further questions about data privacy on openPetition don't hesitate to contact uns via email:


Stand: Juni 2016

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